August 17th, 2011 | View Archive
LETTER SENT TO HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS SUPPORTING NIH FUNDING
On August 9, the University of Texas System joined 211 organizations and institutions in sending a signed letter to the House Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee urging members to recognize NIH as a critical national priority in its FY 2012 spending bill.
A PDF copy of the letter can be viewed here: https://www.aamc.org/download/256792/data/groupletteronfy2012nihfundingtohouselabor-hhseducationsubcommit.pdf
ADMISSION OFFERS TO FOREIGN STUDENTS CLIMB
Offers of admission to international students by American graduate schools grew this year at the fastest clip in five years, climbing 11 percent over last year, according to a report released this week by the Council of Graduate Schools.
Out of the 494 that received the survey, a total of 241 institutions responded during June and July. The responding universities account for about two-thirds of the 96,000 graduate degrees conferred to international students in the 2008-9 academic year.
The full report can be viewed here: http://www.cgsnet.org/portals/0/pdf/R_IntlAdm11_II.pdf
NIH REQUESTS VIEWS ON THE FUTURE OF THE BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH WORKFORCE
NIH issued a request for information on the future of the biomedical research workforce and request comments from the public and biomedical research community. Comments are due by October 7.
The working group of the Advisory Committee to the Director will use comments to create a sustainable and diverse model of the biomedical research workforce and make recommendations for actions that NIH should take to support a future sustainable biomedical infrastructure.
Among the many issues that the working group is considering are the length of postdoctoral training, the attractiveness of a biomedical research career, whether students should be trained on research versus training grants, and the utility of professional staff scientist positions.
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